Ylang ylang oil is extracted from Cananga odorata - also known as flower of flowers. Ylang ylang is a tall tropical tree about 20meters (60 feet) high with large, tender, fragrant pink, mauve or yellow flowers. The yellow heads are viewed as being the best in terms of quality.
There are several grades of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil which are extracted at different times during the flower's lengthy distillation. These grades are referred to as extra, I, II, & III. The Ylang Ylang complete is drawn off during the first phase and is generally considered the best quality for aromatherapy and perfumery. However, grades I, II & III should not be considered inferior, and the premier grade is so expensive that it is rarely produced.
Botanical Name:Cananga odorata
Extraction Method:Steam Distillation
Note:Base to Middle
Colour:Pale Yellow to Golden
Aromatic Scent:Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, exotic, floral scent that is one of the most sought after aromas.
Blend Well With:Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Neroli, Rosewood and Sandalwood.
Common Uses:Ylang ylang oil can assist with problems such as high blood pressure, rapid breathing and heartbeat, nervous conditions, as well as impotence and frigidity. Spiritual practitioners claim that the users of Ylang Ylang are those who have been drawn to the oil, and who in turn, suit it.
History:In Indonesia, Ylang ylang flower petals are strewn upon the bed of newlywed couples. Ylang ylang was a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe and was known as Macassar oil. The word anti-macassar originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.
Cautions:Ylang Ylang can cause sensitivity on some people and excessive use of it may lead to headaches and nausea.
Never use pure oils on the skin without diluting, never use internally, keep away from children and eyes, always check if there are any medical issues which could cause a problem. Seek help if you have any doubts.
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